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Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Red Oak Primary School


‘Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.  Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.  High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.’  DfE 2014


The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world;
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users;
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others;
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At Red Oak Primary School the Design and Technology curriculum is delivered through the ‘Enquiry’ curriculum. Each project is linked to the theme being investigated that term.  Each year lessons cover both the ‘Cooking and Nutrition’ and ‘Processes’ aspects of the curriculum and pupils are taught to design, make and evaluate their products and increase in technical knowledge.  For each project pupils are taught to consider the five Design and Technology principles:

  • User;
  • Purpose;
  • Innovation;
  • Authenticity;
  • functionality and
  • Design Decisions.


During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.  They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials;
  • Respond to a range of media and materials developing an understanding that they manipulate and create effects with these;
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas;
  • Construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources;
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately;
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary.



At Red Oak Primary School we use Target Tracker along with the National Curriculum materials and teachers’ own individual records to assess each pupil’s achievement at the end of the year and to monitor progress.  In the EYFS pupils’ progress and attainment is tracked using the Early Excellence Assessment Tracker.  These systems tell us whether each child is below expected, at expected or above expected for their age.  


Please take a look at the D & T long term plan for this academic year:

DT long term plan 2018-2019

Please click on the PDF below for a larger version of the plan:


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